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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) and Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic (15) battle for the ball during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Lakers won 117-107 to win the series 4-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Comeback crew: Nuggets leave bubble with newfound respect

Sep. 29, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — With bags on his back, Nikola Jokic playfully swerved his way through the crowd of family and friends gathered at the airport terminal. The Denver Nuggets finally returned home after their longer-than-many-anticipated stay inside the NBA bubble. Arriving with them, a new reputation —...

Denver Nuggets' Jamal Murray, left, Michael Porter Jr. (1) and Nikola Jokic (15) defend as Los Angeles Lakers' Dwight Howard (39) dunks the ball during the second half an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Lakers vow not to let up against resilient Nuggets

Sep. 19, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

With one comeback after another in the playoffs, the Denver Nuggets showed themselves to be a team that falls down but doesn't stay down. The Los Angeles Lakers noticed. They watched the Nuggets repeatedly rally from big deficits against Utah and then the Los Angeles Clippers — and, obviously, are aware...

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks over Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo during the first half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Bucks' Antetokounmpo leads NBA's All-Defensive team

Sep. 8, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo was the Defensive Player of the Year, so it should be no surprise that he was also the leading vote-getter for the league’s All-Defensive team. The Milwaukee Bucks forward — and favorite to win his second consecutive MVP award —...

Hornets fire radio broadcaster after racial slur on Twitter

Sep. 3, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets have fired play-by-play radio broadcaster John Focke after he used a racial slur on his Twitter account last month. The team announced on Twitter Thursday that Focke would not return due to “a violation of the organization’s social media...

Utah Jazz's Joe Ingles (2) and Donovan Mitchell, bottom right, sit on the floor after their 80-78 loss to the Denver Nuggets during an NBA first round playoff basketball game, Tuesday, Sept. 1,2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Mitchell: 'Just the beginning' for Jazz after playoff loss

Sep. 2, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

Jazz All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell was hypercritical of Utah's playoff losses to Denver: His eight-second violation in Game 1. Blowing a big lead in Game 5. Not matching Denver’s intensity in Game 6. Losing the ball late in a back-and-forth Game 7. It all added up to sixth-seeded Utah being on the wrong...

Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell (45) and Denver Nuggets' Jamal Murray, center rear, greet each other after their NBA first round playoff basketball game, Tuesday, Sept. 1,2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Nuggets won 80-78. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Nuggets edge Jazz 80-78 to complete comeback from 3-1 down

Sep. 2, 2020 12:29 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jamal Murray helped a heartbroken Donovan Mitchell off the floor for a handshake and hug, a show of respect between players who had a memorable battle in the bubble. They traded historic offensive fireworks for six games, before Game 7 turned into an old-fashioned defensive...

Denver Nuggets' Jamal Murray (27) becomes emotional during an interview after an NBA basketball first round playoff game against the Utah Jazz Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Nuggets won 119-107. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Game 7 awaits Mitchell and Murray; Game 2 in Celtics-Raptors

Aug. 31, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — For Utah and Denver, Game 7 awaits. For Toronto, so may a Game 7 approach. The entertaining Western Conference first-round series between Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Nuggets guard Jamal Murray — the two leading scorers in the NBA playoffs, averaging a combined 72.7...

Denver Nuggets' Jamal Murray reacts after making a 3-pointer against the Utah Jazz during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Murray outduels Mitchell, sets up first Game 7 in the bubble

Aug. 31, 2020 12:16 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Jamal Murray-Donovan Mitchell duel will be settled in the first Game 7 in the bubble. Murray extended his torrid run with 50 more points, leading the Denver Nuggets to a 119-107 victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night. Murray had his second 50-point game of the series...

Jamal Murray, right, of the Denver Nuggets and teammate PJ Dozier, left, celebrate after their win over Utah Jazz in of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)

If games happen, Mavs, Nuggets will try to force Game 7s

Aug. 26, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

If the NBA playoffs resume, Denver and Dallas will face elimination games. The Nuggets have staved off elimination once and when and if their series with the Utah Jazz resumes — it's scheduled for Thursday, though that now seems very questionable — they will have to do it again. So will the Dallas...

FILE - In this March 17, 2017, file photo, Gonzaga's Laura Stockton runs through a drill during a practice at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Seattle. Stockton sounds perfectly happy to ride buses around Germany if it means she gets to play professional basketball. The 23-year-old daughter of retired Utah Jazz great John Stockton spent the past year-plus rehabbing an ACL injury that ended her collegiate career at Gonzaga. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Stockton's daughter ready for point guard duty in Germany

Aug. 26, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

Laura Stockton sounds perfectly happy to ride buses around Germany if it means she gets to play professional basketball. The 23-year-old daughter of retired Utah Jazz great John Stockton spent the past year-plus rehabbing an ACL injury that ended her collegiate career at Gonzaga. “I'm not picky,”...